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Ongoing Missions at Creekwood
Mission: Creekwood UMC is passionate about building the Kingdom of God by serving families and children in need. We strive to develop long-term relationships with the people and organizations we partner with, both locally and globally. Our goal is to make a high-impact, positive difference within the area and through the lives of all involved. We focus on five core missions so that we can build relationships, make a deep impact and empower those in need.
The mission of Cornerstone Ranch is to empower adults with special needs to live an abundant life. Their vision is to change the way people with disabilities are cared for in North Texas by presenting a replicable model that is professional in care, pure in service, and founded on faith. They are located on 42 acres in McKinney, just 4.4 miles from Creekwood. Cornerstone is home to seven adults with disabilities and their activity center hosts their day program for an additional 22 Ranchers.
Cornerstone Ranch provides services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in a family-centered environment. The Ranchers learn to be active members of the community by selling their organic produce at the local farmers' market, attending high school football games, enjoying meals at local restaurants, and attending church services in town. "The Ranch" is a safe place where independence thrives, character grows, and confidence is nurtured. God's love and acceptance, often an overlooked component of other programs, is the centerpiece of their community.
To get involved with Cornerstone Ranch, please contact Rebecca Hempkins.
Open Door is a ministry of Creekwood UMC that began in the fall of 2019.
Every first Thursday of the month, we will be welcoming adults with special needs to our church for two hours of dinner, fellowship, and fun from 6-8 p.m. We have all kinds of great activities like karaoke, a magician, and fishing at our pond on our property!
We need LOTS of fun, committed, energetic volunteers to help us each month with this great outreach opportunity!
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about Open Door, contact Keri Lynn Lucas.
Creekwood UMC supports several build days where volunteers gather to support Habitat's belief that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home.
More than building homes, we help build communities, build hope and build the opportunity for families to help themselves. Volunteers must complete a one-time training session at a scheduled training event or online. Children 14-18 years of age can volunteer with an adult and are also required to attend training. Contact Christina Shepard for more information.
Creekwood UMC, in partnership with Harper Elementary in Princeton, TX, has established Harper's Helpers, a program to train and match Creekwood members with students pre-K through 5th grade to be a classroom helper, assist the teacher with classroom tasks, provide tutoring in a small group setting, and be a positive role model for children in the class.. There are also opportunities for being a breakfast volunteer or lunchroom helper throughout the school year.
Creekwood also helps with needs such as school supplies, food, and clothing for students. Our annual school supply drive, Harper Apple Tree, happens in July to help teachers get ready for the coming year. To assist with items, drop by the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office. There is a "Buy Now" option if you'd like to simply donate money. Our team will take the collection and buy the items requested by the teachers.
In addition, we provide teacher appreciation lunches.
There are lots of ways to get involved at Harper! Training for new volunteers is held in September. Contact Keri Lynn Lucas for more information.
Creekwood UMC has engaged in a three-year partnership with five ZOE empowerment groups in India and two in Zimbabwe. ZOE is a unique empowerment program designed to bring orphans and vulnerable children from extreme poverty to self-reliance.
DORCAS and Nomsa
Dorcas lives with her mother and Nomsa her niece. Nomsa joined the family in May 2018 after her mother passed on. Dorca’s parents separated when Dorcas was only five years old. Her father refused to take responsibility of Dorcas and deserted the family. He remarried and was later reported to have died.
Dorcas and her mother lived in a one-room house that they rented for $40 per month.
“I am just grateful to the ZOE program for the opportunity that they gave me. It revived my hope because I was hopeless. I never thought that I can be independent as a young woman. I am no longer depending on menial jobs and the willingness of people to pay us after performing these jobs because me and my family we are on a road to self-sufficiency.” - Dorcas
Sathish and Priya
Sathish’s father expired two years back due to a heart attack. His mother worked as a housemaid to earn the basic requirements for the family, but still, Sathish had to quit his schooling to work as daily labor to make ends meet. They did not get regular meals – usually no more than two a day. To supplement what they could afford, they would go to the nearby temples to get food issued without cost. Their relatives did not show any love or affection towards them as their family was financially in bad condition.
"I was depressed to have lost my father suddenly; I did not know how to face my life. ZOE came in my life and transformed it drastically. Now I have a business with which I can plan on my future and also get respected in my community thanks to ZOE." - Sathish
Samuel’s “mom” found him on the bank of the river and took him in for economic reasons as she could make money from his work. He heard about ZOE from the India program leaders and decided to join the empowerment group. His dream was to open a breakfast center which he began a year ago after receiving his ZOE grant. Initially, he ran the business from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and made 400-500 rupees ($5-$8) per day.
Contact Samantha Poulton to learn more.
Want to see ZOE in action? Here you can learn about upcoming international mission trips.
For information on any Creekwood Mission opportunity, contact the Creekwood office.